IMD reports moderate to heavy snowfall after Srinagar reports coldest night
New Delhi: Cold conditions have intensified in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as Srinagar has experienced the coldest night of the season so far, with a minimum temperature recorded at minus 6.0 degrees Celsius, 4.5 degrees below normal on Saturday. Residents will have no respite from the cold because the weather service has predicted a further drop in temperatures in the coming days.
A meteorological department official said the temperature for this time of year is 4.5 degrees Celsius below normal.
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This is the first time in the past decade that the mercury has dropped to minus 6.0 degrees Celsius or more before the start of the 40-day Chillai-e-Kalan of the season starting on December 21. In the past ten years, there have been four times when the mercury in Srinagar has dropped to minus 6.0 degrees Celsius or more.
On December 19, 2020, the mercury had fallen to minus 6.6 ° C, while the lowest in December was recorded at 6.6 ° C on the 30th day of 2019.
The lowest in the past decade was on December 25, 2017, when the mercury dropped to minus 7.7 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperature on record in December was on the 13th of 1934 when the mercury dropped to minus 12.8 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, Gulmarg, a world-famous resort town in the Baramulla district of northern Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 8.5 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 8.3 degrees Celsius.
Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 2.3 degrees Celsius, minus 6.6 degrees Celsius, below normal. This is the first time in 23 years that such a low temperature has been recorded in Jammu in December, with the lowest temperature on record being 0.9 ° C on December 28, 1998.
Leh in Ladakh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 15.3 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 13.1 degrees Celsius at the automated station in Kargil. Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 20.2 degrees Celsius in Drass, the official said.
The meteorological department has predicted widespread “moderate to heavy” snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from December 23 to 25. We are ready for a White Christmas in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, ”he said.
Over the next few days, nighttime temperatures are expected to drop further as Jammu and Kashmir experiences cold weather in recent days. The meteorological department predicted further snowfall on December 24 and said a western disturbance would affect Jammu and Kashmir until December 24 and 26.